Dalí through the lens of the media in a photography exhibition
Palau Robert presents the travelling exhibition, ‘Dalí, Breaking News’, which highlights Dalí’s high media profile through around forty images of the painter from Agencia EFE's collection, taken by various photographers. The exhibition is open in Room 1 from 16 June to 15 October 2017.
Dalí, with cameraman of cinema in Madrid
‘Dalí, Breaking News’ underscores the artist’s innate ability to make himself the focus of attention in the media, his international presence, the passions he aroused and his relationships with well-known personalities. In addition to the images, the exhibition features a screening of the interview with the artists on the A fondo programme on TVE, the Spanish public television channel, which was broadcast on 27 November 1977. The information and quotes from Salvador Dalí featured in the exhibition were taken from this interview.
The exhibition, organised jointly by Girona Provincial Council, the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board and the Spanish news agency Agencia EFE, commemorates three anniversaries simultaneously: 40 years since the opening of the Dalí Museum in Figueres; 25 years since the artist’s death; and the 75th anniversary of Agencia EFE.
The travelling exhibition finishes at Palau Robert after a tour which, since 2015, has visited the Cultural Centre of Llançà, the EFE Museum in Madrid, the Espai Catalunya-Europa in Brussels, the Espai Santa Caterina in Girona, Casa Saladrigas in Blanes, the exhibition rooms of the Cultural Centre of Lloret de Mar, and Casa Empordà (the former slaughterhouse) in Figueres.
The photographs in the exhibition are divided into six areas that could easily represent the sections of a daily newspaper. All of them feature Salvador Dalí: in some images the artist is the only protagonist, either in close-up or practically alone; but most of the photographs are much more descriptive, as they feature Dalí interacting with his surroundings and provide contextual information that shows the multi-faceted vision of the artist.
Science: Dalí’s interest in science was an essential element of his entire trajectory. Dalí pursued fusion in everyday life, art and science. In this section, visitors can see photos of events at which the artist presented his new inventions, such as a pump or a soft watch.
Culture: Dalí was an intellectual of his times. His preoccupations and interests were not limited to painting: science, literature and music constantly fed all his creations. There are various photos showing Dalí surrounded by leading names from the cultural world.
International: Dalí was internationally famous right from the outset. This area features photos of the artist in cities around the world at official events to which he was invited as an honoured guest, such as the benefit gala for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation in New York.
Media: Dalí was a magnet for every gaze, especially journalists, who found that the genius artist emanated a powerful message that was not only visual but also theoretical and conceptual. His spontaneous theatricality in front of the cameras has been immortalised in all the photos in this area.
Politics: Despite his apolitical stance, Dalí always had a close relationship with the political powers, something very evident in this section, which contains photos of the artist in the company of Manuel Fraga, José García Hernández, King Juan Carlos I and Jordi Pujol.
Society: Dalí was a leading light of society of the time. Given that he was someone who was admired by people from many different walks of life, it was not unusual to see him surrounded by the leading exponents of every movement of those times. The photos portray his excellent relationship with a whole range of personalities, both Spanish and international.
The painter, during an interview
Inauguration of the Museum Dalí
Dalí, in the presentation of an original clock, in New York